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Energy Management

Course Descriptions

CIT 110: Energy Efficiency Technician

Credits: 2.0

Introduction to building science with emphasis on the energy envelope. Become familiar with typical energy auditor's tools: blower door, infrared camera and CO analyzer to measure and evaluate a building's energy performance. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in CIT 103 and 104 or ENRGY 102 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Set up, run and use the results of a blower door test to evaluate a building's air tightness. [REASON]
  2. Set up, run and use a blower door/manometer to test and evaluate combustion appliance zones, actual performance on ventilation fans and a forced air system's ductwork for relative air tightness. [REASON]
  3. Use an infrared camera to locate a building's air exfiltration and verify insulation effectiveness. [REASON]
  4. Analyze and compute a safe level of building air tightness based on industry standards. [REASON]
  5. Inspect, test and evaluate a combustion appliance and conduct a combustion appliance zone worst case test. [REASON]
  6. Write up a typical energy auditor's test report. [COMMUNICATE]

ENRGY 100: Introduction to Energy Management

Credits: 3.0

Overview of the field of resource conservation, the wise use of energy in our environment. What does an energy manager do? Sets the historical, social, political and economic framework. Sets the basis for the program curriculum. Prerequisite(s): Minimum English placement into BRDGE 093 or EAP 121.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast energy management practices and opportunities, including monitoring. [REASON]
  2. Describe and analyze energy efficiency tools. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Describe key issues in energy resource management and green building. [ACT]
  4. Discuss and discern the history of energy sources and the conservation of and future of resources needed to maintain our economy. [EXPLORE]
  5. Describe and discuss a variety of world and regional energy policies. [EXPLORE]
  6. Communicate reasons for environmental protection and renewable energy implementation. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Communicate with all levels of management and staff the importance of having and implementing an energy management plan. [COMMUNICATE]

ENRGY 102: Energy Basics

Credits: 5.0

Introduction to energy concepts including the overall science of energy, forms of energy, energy types and sources, useful energy and energy conversion, common uses of energy in society, climate change and energy economics and finance. Prerequisite(s): Placement into MATH 080 or completion of BUS 130 and minimum English placement into BRDGE 093 or EAP 121.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define and analyze the basic elements of the building envelope. [REASON]
  2. Perform basic energy use conversions and analyze and discuss results. [REASON]
  3. Describe and analyze basic residential and commercial energy systems including forms of energy, energy types, and energy sources. [REASON]
  4. Describe how basic heating, cooling, and lighting systems use energy and basic strategies for reducing use. [REASON]
  5. Determine the financial consequences of various energy conservation measures. [REASON]
  6. Students work in groups to discuss applied science concepts. [EXPLORE]
  7. Students discuss energy concepts on-line and in written format. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Students develop personal positions on complex energy topics. [ACT]

ENRGY 105: Introduction to Sustainability

Credits: 4.0

Explore and define sustainability. Review major energy systems impacting sustainability, including buildings and transportation. Emphasis on tools to measure sustainability, including carbon footprints. Prerequisite(s): Minimum English placement into BRDGE 093 or EAP 121.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define, articulate and analyze the carbon cycle and its relationship to energy management. [REASON]
  2. Define and describe the basics of systems thinking in relationship to sustainability. [REASON]
  3. Define, describe, and evaluate assessment tools measuring sustainability with particular emphasis on carbon footprints (aka greenhouse gas inventories). [REASON]
  4. Apply tools and methods learned to conduct a personal carbon footprint report. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Describe pluralism and why it is important to advancing sustainability. [EXPLORE]
  6. Identify and describe the basic concepts underlying sustainability. [ACT]

ENRGY 115: Weatherization

Credits: 3.0

Air sealing, insulation, and energy retrofitting skills for residential building envelopes.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Create a list of typical energy upgrade measures for residential buildings and prioritize them based upon potential energy and cost savings versus cost of implementation. [ACT]
  2. Provide a tool and materials list necessary to perform these typical energy upgrade measures. [REASON]
  3. Demonstrate the skills required to complete these energy upgrades. [REASON]
  4. Identify safety hazards and demonstrate knowledge of implementation of approved remedies when performing residential energy upgrades. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Demonstrate a knowledge of the resources, standards, codes and other technical support available for continued education so that students can stay current with home performance industry practices. [ACT]

ENRGY 120: Energy Efficiency: Design, Construction, and Retrofit

Credits: 5.0

Elements of an energy efficient building envelope: heating, cooling; water heating equipment, lighting, appliances, electronics. Includes design strategies and innovations for new construction as well as elements of retrofitting an existing building. Emphasis on residential. Prerequisite(s): ENRGY 102. Recommended: CIT 103/104 for those with no construction experience.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe and identify the building thermal envelope, vapor barrier, and bulk water barriers, and how they interact in the whole building approach to improve energy efficiency and maintain environmental standards. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Describe and track how a building's conditioned space interacts with both air movement and water vapor movement. [REASON]
  3. Analyze a building's water resource use, domestic water heating system, and identify ways to improve their resource efficiencies. [REASON]
  4. Analyze a building's energy use with respect to appliances, lighting and electronics, and provide measures to increase their efficiencies. [REASON]
  5. Identify and rate according to their 'R" value, cost, embedded energy, and toxicity, various building components and how they: control the building envelope's energy performance and how they may be altered for increased energy efficiencies. [ACT]
  6. Rate combustion appliances for their energy use and how they may interact with indoor air quality. [REASON]
  7. Describe and evaluate various factors that may affect indoor air quality. [REASON]
  8. Explore critically and creatively how various codes, green building standards, and the construction and building operations industries can work together to improve building efficiencies. [EXPLORE]

ENRGY 130: Energy Assessment and Analysis

Credits: 4.0

Assess and analyze energy use in residential settings. Focus on building envelope, heating, cooling, equipment, lighting, and appliances. Impacts of operations, maintenance, occupant practices and behavior pay-back on energy conservation measures. Prerequisite(s): ENRGY 102. Recommended: CIT 103/104 for those with no construction experience.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast energy assessment in residential and commercial buildings. [REASON]
  2. Interpret and discuss data from a residential or multifamily building audit. [REASON]
  3. Assess and describe data and information from a variety of residential energy sources including appliances, heating, lighting, and plug loads. [REASON]
  4. Review, describe and analyze basic computer software used for energy audits. [REASON]
  5. Explain energy accounting and analysis and how it is used in energy assessment. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Demonstrate understanding of rate of return and life cycle cost analysis. [REASON]
  7. Demonstrate communications methods leading to behavior change. [COMMUNICATE]

ENRGY 135: Energy Accounting

Credits: 3.0

Determine the amount of energy used at a site. Consider all forms of energy, benchmark energy use for similar facilities, identify patterns and anomalies in data as indicators of opportunities for efficiency upgrades. Understand utility rates and billing structures. Prerequisite(s): ENRGY 102.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Review energy fundamentals, utility bills and basic rate structures. [REASON]
  2. Describe methods of collecting, organizing, and estimating building consumption information. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Determine a building's preliminary energy performance using energy consumption data. [REASON]
  4. Describe how to use benchmarking tools to determine a buildings potential for improvement. [REASON]
  5. Analyze building energy data and learn to interpret consumption patterns and end-uses. [REASON]
  6. Learn to identify and prioritize areas of potential conservation opportunities for a commercial building. [ACT]
  7. Begin establishing a general energy management plan for a facility to achieve higher energy performance. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Describe tools to assist in maintaining and construction high performance buildings. [COMMUNICATE]

ENRGY 140: Energy Efficiency in Commercial Lighting

Credits: 5.0

Energy efficient light sources, fixtures and techniques; selection of products and elements, development of a lighting plan including controls. Emphasis on small to medium sized businesses. Prerequisite(s): ENRGY 102.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic qualities of light, its behavior and measurement, and its importance in human life and activity. [EXPLORE]
  2. Explain the relationship between lighting and energy use, and the role commercial lighting plays regarding overall energy use. [ACT]
  3. Describe the major components and features of effective lighting systems in commercial settings, including sources, luminaries and controls. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Discuss strategies for reducing energy consumption while providing high quality lighting in new and existing buildings. [REASON]
  5. Explain the advantages of including daylight and daylighting controls in commercial settings. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Understand and discuss the role of energy codes, and the current energy code regulations relating to commercial lighting in local jurisdictions. [REASON]
  7. Collaborate with others in conducting a lighting survey/mini-audit of an existing commercial space, documenting installed lighting equipment and controls, wattage totals, and illumination levels. [REASON]
  8. Describe the role of maintenance in commercial lighting practice and develop maintenance procedures for system efficiency and performance for a small commercial lighting system. [REASON]
  9. Identify and describe strategies used for assessing energy cost savings in commercial lighting. [REASON]
  10. Develop and present a plan for lighting, or for lighting upgrades and improvements for a small commercial space, specifying appropriate energy efficient components, and including energy code compliance, estimated costs and simple payback calculations. [COMMUNICATE]

ENRGY 145: Building Operations and Maintenance

Credits: 5.0

Overview of mechanical, electrical and lighting equipment in the operation and maintenance of commercial buildings. Emphasis on energy efficiency, system types, operating parameters, equipment maintenance, and assessment of energy performance. Prerequisite(s): ENRGY 130. Recommend ENRGY 120.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the energy-using systems in commercial buildings. [REASON]
  2. Assemble mechanical and electrical system documentation for commercial buildings. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Develop checklist(s) of energy efficient operation and maintenance activities for commercial buildings' mechanical systems. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Identify Operations and Maintenance practices to improve energy performance. [ACT]
  5. Describe and discuss the six areas of operation and maintenance practices for sustainable buildings. [ACT]
  6. Describe, analyze and discuss the key factors that influence indoor air quality in commercial buildings. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Compare and contrast at least two or more strategies for maintaining good indoor air quality. [REASON]
  8. Identify and discuss the components of the electrical systems in commercial buildings. [COMMUNICATE]
  9. Describe and discuss cyclical maintenance activities for the building's electrical system. [REASON]

ENRGY 150: Renewable Energy Systems

Credits: 3.0

Exploration of renewable energy technologies including solar, wind, hydro. geothermal, and biofuels as well as exploration of connection to the utility grid for electrical applications. Prerequisite(s): Minimum English placement into BRDGE 093 or EAP 121.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define and describe distributed generation and its role in renewable energy practices. [REASON]
  2. Describe current and emerging renewable energy system technologies, including wind, solar, ocean, biomass, and geothermal. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Assess the costs and benefits associated with renewable energy technologies. [REASON]
  4. Identify and analyze constraints that hinder the growth of renewable energy generation. [REASON]
  5. Identify and analyze factors that contribute to the viability of renewable energy technologies. [ACT]

ENRGY 155: Special Topics

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Topics related to enrgy management.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the learning outcomes of the specific course that is being offered related to Energy Management. [REASON]

ENRGY 230: Energy Assessment and Analysis II

Credits: 5.0

Analyze energy use in commercial buildings: heating, cooling, lighting and equipment. Document existing energy use through on-site investigation, billing information, and results of measurement and verification tools. Consider impacts of O and M, and occupant behavior. Understand uses of modeling software in energy simulation. Identify conservation measures and evaluate their financial merit. Prerequisite(s): ENRGY 130 and 145.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the function of the mechanical, electrical, and enclosure systems that affect energy use in commercial buildings. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate how to prepare for and conduct an on-site energy survey. [REASON]
  3. Interpret and discuss data and information from a variety of audits, including electrical system audits, HVAC audits, lighting and physical plant audits. [REASON]
  4. Review, describe and use basic computer software for assessing energy use in commercial buildings. [REASON]
  5. Describe and implement principles of energy accounting and analysis pertinent to the reduction of energy use in commercial buildings. [REASON]
  6. Demonstrate understanding of costs of energy conservation measures, rate of return, simple pay-back period, and life cycle cost analysis. [REASON]
  7. When conducting an on-site energy survey, meet with building personnel, discuss needs/challenges/opportunities, and develop, jointly, an energy conservation plan. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Describe how the energy-efficient operation of commercial buildings can contribute to national and international efforts to reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas production. [ACT]

ENRGY 240: Lighting Performance Strategies and Assessment

Credits: 5.0

In-depth exploration of current trends and emerging technologies in commercial lighting equipment and controls applied to specific strategies for optimizing performance, with a focus on effectiveness, efficiency, and economics. Prerequisite(s): ENRGY 140.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, studentw ill be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of current and emerging trends and strategies in commercial lighting in terms of appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency. [REASON]
  2. Identify, evaluate and compare performance properties of currently available commercial luminaires of similar type and function. [REASON]
  3. Identify, evaluate and compare performance properties of currently available commercial lighting controls and control systems for varying situations and conditions. [REASON]
  4. Calculate (predict) effectiveness of lighting performance in a specific commercial setting utilizing a specific lighting strategy. [REASON]
  5. Measure and analyze effectiveness of lighting performance in a specific situation. [REASON]
  6. Using an appropriate strategy, plan lighting and controls for efficient use of energy and resources, and for economic feasibility in a specific commercial setting. [ACT]
  7. Measure and monitor energy use of lighting in a commercial setting. [ACT]
  8. Prepare and present a proposal for a lighting solution to a given commercial lighting situation, including equipment and controls, with predictions and calculations for effectiveness, efficiency and economic feasibility (including initial, life-cycle costs, energy use, Return on Investment, etc.). [COMMUNICATE]

ENRGY 245: Energy Management Planning and Operations

Credits: 4.0

Plan and budget energy use and expenditures for an organization. Energy use inventory, documentation requirements, preparing proposals, budgeting, data management, monitoring and evaluating operational systems. Prerequisite(s): ENRGY 135, ENRGY 230, and MGMT 270.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe effective energy management planning and budgeting for both residential and commercial buildings. [ACT]
  2. Describe how software and web-based technologies are used to plan and operate commercial buildings. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Prepare and present a proposal for energy auditing using principles and language of project management. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Develop an energy life cycle plan for a small business. [REASON]
  5. Create basic reports needed for energy life cycle management. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Develop an annual plan for tracking energy use and expenditures for an organization. [REASON]

ENRGY 250: Energy Efficiency Program Planning and Design

Credits: 3.0

Plan and budget an energy efficiency program or business offering. Select appropriate market for the energy technology and/or service, estimate market potential, develop supply and delivery channels, implement processes, set marketing and sales strategies and goals. Prerequisite(s): ENRGY 245 and MGMT 270.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate ability, working in a group, to plan for and develop thoroughly an energy efficiency program or business service offering using market based statistics. [EXPLORE]
  2. Working as a group, assign pieces of final project, use Google Docs or other program for tracking continuing development of the plan. Describe fully the mechanism for the evaluation of the plan as well as outcomes. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Demonstrate ability to research , analyze, integrate, and evaluate supply and delivery channels that best fit within the program budget. [REASON]
  4. Create marketing plan using consumer appropriate methods. [EXPLORE]
  5. Demonstrate ability to creatively communicate your Energy Efficiency project using different resources so as to cross cultural perspectives, aesthetic, ethical and scientific values. [EXPLORE]

ENRGY 255: Special Topics

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Topics related to energy management.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the learning outcomes of the specific course that is being offered related to Energy Management. [REASON]